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Ideas on Health and Illness, 6 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Course within the Programme - Master of Arts and Science in Health and Society
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Health and Society - HOA
The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the most important ideas of health and illness present in Western culture from classical times to the 20th century.
This course will deal with texts, which illustrate ideas and conceptions related to health and illness. The ideas start in the Classical Period with Galen and his adherents, continue to the Medieval Era, with particular attention to the impact of Plague on the development of new ideas of disease and public health, advance through the Early Modern Period, through Enlightenment to the increasing interest for statistics during the 19th century and the new perceptions of disease, stimulated by the bacteriological discoveries.
The course is conducted primarily in the form of reading and discussion seminars. Instruction consists of lectures and seminars.
Examination is carried out continuously during the course. However, class discussion is a major grading factor. All students are required to attend and actively participate in all class sessions by submitting own questions and written texts relevant to the fiels that will form the basis of the class discussions.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Eligible for the course are those who have earlier studies at least up to a level corresponding to three years of study at a Swedish university, i.e. approximately equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree at a British university.
Applicants with a professional degree are eligible provided they fulfil the specific admission requirements.
International students who do not have English as their native language must prove proficiency in English by submitting results from a TOEFL test or other internationally recognised tests (TOEFL score at least 213/550).
Applicants who have peviously studied in Sweden must at the start of the programme hold a Kandidatexamen in a relevant field or a professional degree of at least three years of study.
In addition, all applicants must fulfil the specific entrance requirements of in-depth studies for at least one-year in a field relevant for the programme such as sociology, history, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, ethics, including a degree thesis or final paper of approximately ten weeks of study.
International students who cannot submit a final thesis or project work written in English in a subject relevant to the programme must enclose a paper of some 500 words of length, written in English, which describes her/his previous studies. The paper should focus on the studies relevant to the master's level programme. It must also describe why the applicant is interested in following the programme.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Ideas on Health and Illness
Ideas on Health and Illness
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IHS - Department of Health and Society
Registrar No: 1327/04-41   Course Code: HIHD03      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Health and Society - HOA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
D       HOA   HU  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2006-05-02